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Liam Joseph Donaldson, British public health service officer. Named Knight Bachelor, United Kingdom Government, 2002; recipient award, Picker Institute, 2008, medal, Royal College Surgeons Edinburgh, 2000, Public Health award, New York Academy Medicine, 2004.


Donaldson, Liam Joseph was born on May 3, 1949 in Middlesbrough, England.


Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University Bristol, England, 1972. Doctor of Medicine (honorary), University Bristol, England, 1999. Master of Science in Anatomy, University Birmingham, England, 1975.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Birmingham, England, 2005. Doctor of Medicine, University Leicester, England, 1982. Doctor of Medicine (honorary), University Nottingham, England, 2005.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Huddersfield, England, 1998. Doctor of Science (honorary), Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, England, 2000. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Portsmouth, England, 2000.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University East Anglia, Norwich, England, 2003. Doctor of Science (honorary), University York, England, 2004. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Sheffield, England, 2004.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Teesside, England, 2004. Doctor of Science (honorary), De Montfort University, Leicester, 2005. Doctor of Science (honorary), University Hull, England, 2006.

Doctor of Science (honorary), University Sunderland, England, 2006.


Regional medical officer & regional director public health Northern Regional Health Authority, Middlesbrough, 1986—1992, regional general manager & regional director public health, 1992—1994, Northern & Yorkshire Regional Health Authority, England, 1994—1996. Regional director & regional director public health National Health Service Executive Northern and Yorkshire, 1994—1998. Chief medical officer, department health London, since 1998.

Chancellor Newcast University, since 2009. Chair Who World Alliance Patient Safety, Geneva, since 2004.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (textbook) The Nation's Doctor: The role of the Chief Medical Officer 1855-1998, Donaldsons' Essential Public Health.


Fellow: Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) (honorary), FPM (London) (honorary), RCGP (London) (honorary), Radio Corporation of America (honorary), Royal College of Physicians (London) (honorary), Academy Medical Science (honorary), Royal Society Public Health (honorary), Royal Society Medicine (honorary), Royal Society Promotion Health (honorary), Royal College Paediats. & Child Health (honorary), Public Health Medicine (honorary).


Married Brenda Donaldson.

Brenda Donaldson.